The Found Footage Festival hasn't made millionaires out of Prueher and Pickett. The legal fees for their defense have racked up to about $85,000 -- an amount that could bankrupt a small potatoes show like Found Footage. With the weight of the lawsuit looming over their heads, Pickett and Prueher are touring relentlessly to raise money, and are seeking outside financial support through a GoFundMe campaign started in July. "We’re just trying to stay above water," Pickett says. So far, they’ve raised a little over $22,000.
They performed every night of August in Edinburgh, Scotland, though they haven’t turned up much new footage over there, saying thrift shops in the United Kingdom tend to be a little more well-curated.
"I’m not very patriotic about most things, but I am about [American] thrift stores," Prueher says.
Even abroad, fans continue to gift them videos that they incorporate into the show. Often, tapes that can’t quite draw out a goofy clip still have a spectacular VHS cover compiled and are displayed in the show. One recent gift will likely end up folded into a segment: It’s a copy of The Nuremberg Trials except "it was still in the shrink wrap and came with a free bag of microwavable popcorn," Pickett says.
In the end, the Found Footage Festival is the same old show it’s always been — goofy video clips, with a prank or two sprinkled in. Only now, there’s an unhappy recipient of their humor.
"It hasn’t changed our approach," Pickett says, "because we haven’t done anything wrong."
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